Careers

Answer:

All of them

As a Philosophy minor, you belong to a community of learners who have chosen to live “the examined life." The critical thinking skills that come from the study of philosophy position you to make important contributions in a number of fields.

Studies have also shown that philosophy students perform exceptionally well when it comes to their performance on the verbal, analytic and quantitative portions of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), and on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).

Here is a short list of some former philosophy students you may know:

Religion: Pope John Paul II, Albert Schweitzer, Cardinal Bernadin (late cardinal of Chicago)

Fine art:  Freeman Patterson, Robert Motherwell

Writers: T.S. Eliot, James Michener, Iris Murdoch, Alexander Solzhenitsin, Umberto Eco, Ken Follett, Susan Sontag, David Foster Wallace, Elie Wiesel, Mary Higgins Clark, Philip K. Dick, Rebecca Goldstein, Peter Hoeg, Robert Musil, Chaim Potok, Yann Martel,  Pearl Buck, Arthur Davis, Michael Frayn, Ira Levin,  Rudolph Euken

Entertainment: Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, , Harrison Ford, Steve Martin, Gene Siskel, Alex Trebek, Jay Leno,  George Carlin, Joan Rivers, Susan Sarandon, Dave Thomas, Chris Hardwick, Jimmy Kimmel, Amy Madigan, Stephen Colbert

Musicians and Composers: Kim Thayill, Neal Peart, Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Brad Roberts

Filmmakers: Peter Lynch, Patricia Rozema, Wes Craven, Wes Anderson, Ethan Coen, Deepa Mehta

Sports: Bruce Lee, John Elway (former quarterback of the Denver Broncos and current Broncos general manager), Mike Schmidt (former Philadelphia Philly), Phil Jackson (NBA coach, LA Lakers), Mike Brierley (Captain of the England Cricket Team in the 1980s was previously a university philosophy professor)

Law: Justice Stephen Breyer (U.S. Supreme Court), Carol Heckman (first female U.S. magistrate in the Western District), former Justice David Souter (U.S. Supreme Court)

Military: General Wesley Clark (former supreme allied commander), Kristen Baker (first female brigade commander, United States Military Academy)